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from the vatican today. pope benedict xvi says he is stepping down at the end of the month. catholics around the world are wondering who will replace him. we now get the latest information from anna at the vatican. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi delivered the surprising message in a speech to cardinals at the vatican this morning. the 85-year-old pontiff said he will step down february 28th, because he is simply too old to carry on. the leered of more than a billion roman catholics said carrying out his duties requires quote both strength of mind and body. the news stunned the church leaders around the world. >> i have to be honest, i'm as shocked and startled as all of you. >> reporter: it is the first time a pope has resigned in nearly 600 years. on the streets of europe, some people refused to believe it. he says it can't be true, it would be too huge for the church for something like this to happen. a vatican spokesman said the pope deserves respect for making such a personal and courageous decision to quit. the pope's resignation sets the stage for a new papal election. vatican o
appear far apart on most of the issues. susan mcginnis, cbs news, washington. >>> pope benedict makes his last public appearances before thousands of followers. i'm danielle nottingham at the vat kang. i'll have the story coming up. -- at the vatican. i'll have the story coming up. >>> we'll show you america's top dog at >>> they were the magnificent seven at the madison square garden last night. seven group winners competed for top honors at the annual westminster kennel club dog show. and for the first time this year, a reserve best in show winner was selected. we presume that's in case the champion is unable to fulfill its duties. and that runner-up spot went to the old english sheep dog. and then it was time for the big announcement. >> best in show winner for the 137th westminster kennel club dog show is the affenpinscher. [ cheers and applause ] >> little banana joe from the toy group took home the biggest prize. little banana joe has been living in the united states for competition, but now at the grand old age of 5 he's retiring and he's going to return to his owners who live in h
. >> reporter: i'm danielle nottingham at the vatican. coming up, pope benedict is stepping down, but will he remain >>> pope benedict says he plans to drop out of public view when he steps down at the end of the month. danielle nottingham has more on the pope's return to private life. >> reporter: the vatican acknowledged for the first time that pope benedict hit his head in a hotel room during his trip to mexico last year. church officials say the accident has nothing to do with the pontiff's decision to retire. the pope told parish priests in rome thursday morning he will be hidden from view after he steps down. the holy father says he will live a life of prayer in a former monastery inside the vatican walls. it has been 600 years since the last pope retired. >> a lot of people are wondering is he just going to go behind the vatican walls and never be seen or heard from again. even the pope's brother had suggested that the new pope would be wise to consult the former pope from time to time. >> reporter: even though pope benedict is expected to be out of sight, images of him will be around
. >>> yesterday's announcement of pope benedict xvi's resignation came as a shock to most of the world. a vatican spokesperson says that the pope will have no role in the selection of his successor. the pope says he plans to step down at the end of the month for health concerns. the vatican is already beginning the process of trying to find the next pontiff, but there is no clearcut choice. even the college of cardinals was caught offguard by this announcement. professor kurt martens of catholic university spoke about this new search compared to the process which happened after pope john paul ii died. >> when john paul ii was ill, basically they knew what was coming. so they had time to prepare to look at the challenges and look at candidates, possible candidates. that is now not the case. >> the catholic church says that we can expect a new pope by easter sunday. >>> still to come when 9news continues, there's a party going on. it's the feast before the fast. see how they're celebrating mardi gras in new orleans. >> and find out why some are crying foul over red light cameras in >>> it is not al
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